Is Shahbaz Sharif behind Reham Khan's book?

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Is Shahbaz Sharif behind Reham Khan's book?

*ISLAMABAD: A PTI leader and a close aide of the party chairman, Syed Zulfiqar Bokhari aka Zulfi Bokhari terming the Reham Khan's book “a pathetic and filthy attempt by Reham Khan and Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif”, said that Sharif should have sent her more money, enabling her to hire “a decent ghost writer. A court case is being filed abroad”, he tweeted.*

In a bid to counter possible adverse effects of the revelations contained in the soon-to-be released autobiography penned by Reham Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stepped up its efforts to make the book controversial even before its release.

Reham Khan, the former wife of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, is likely to release her autobiography any time this month.

A promotional video of the book, obtained by this correspondent, showed that the book would contain Reham’s personal life experiences as “a mother, wife, journalist and a warrior”.

The PTI recently released what it termed “solid proofs” about Reham’s alleged nexus with the PML-N leadership. The evidence contained purported hacked emails between Reham and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, a veteran PML-N leader.

Reham, in a series of tweets on Saturday, alleged that the PTI had persistently been threatening her. In support of her assertion, she posted copy of an email sent to her by actor and PTI supporter Hamza Ali Abbasi.

According to the email, Abbasi told Reham that her email had allegedly been “hacked” and warned her “to be very careful in future”.

According to emails presented by the PTI, dating between January 17 and January 23 last year, Iqbal supposedly finalised time for a meeting and invited Reham at his residence for dinner with Maryam Nawaz. Reham challenged the authenticity of emails presented by PTI as “evidence”.

Reham, the PTI insisted, met with Maryam through Iqbal, who also held the portfolio of planning and development. The book, the party said, was a ploy to demolish the country’s “only real opposition, that is PTI”.

PTI’s spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that emails between Reham and Iqbal only proved the former’s “heinous plan to malign the party chairman’s character and reputation”.

However, Iqbal swiftly rebutted PTI’s claims. He said it was shameful that the PTI resorted to “fabricating and distorting emails to defend itself”.

*JI formally parts ways with its coalition partner PTI in K-P* <link>

“I have never met Reham Khan except during an interview for [a private TV channel] before her marriage with IK [Imran Khan] nor [have I] arranged her meeting with anyone. Please don’t drag me in matters between former spouses.”